You’ve Been Throwing Away Avocado Seeds Because No One Told you They Could Fight Cancer!

Most people are aware of the health benefits of avocado flesh, but few of them know that the seeds they throw away also have powerful healing properties. For example, avocado seeds contain 70 % of the antioxidant properties of the avocado.

They are also full of fatty acids, triterpenes, phytosterols, and glucosides from abscisic acid. These seeds contain lutein, anti-cancer carotenoid which protects against macular degeneration and reduces the risk of prostate cancer in men. Glutathione, body`s master antioxidant, is also found in abundance in avocado seeds.

This antioxidant has been scientifically shown to lower the risk of pharyngeal and oral cancer. Needless to say, its high concentration of carotenoids is already known to protect against breast cancer.

Read on for more in-depth information!

Here are the 5 Top Health Benefits of Avocado Seeds:

  1. Avocado seeds are very helpful in the fight cancer – According to a 2013 study, the powerful antioxidant flavonols found in avocado seeds have strong anti-tumor properties. Another recent study has shown that avocado seed extract, known as avocation B, has the ability to destroy the cells of acute myeloid leukemia.
  2. Avocado seeds can help the patients with heart disease – A study from 2012 has shown that avocado seeds lower the cholesterol levels in mice. It was also found that the avocado seeds protect against the formation of arterial plaque.
  3. Improve digestion – The fiber and antioxidants in avocado help improve the digestive health. In fact, South Americans have used these seeds to treat gastric ulcers, acute diarrhea, and severe diarrhea.
  4. Boost the immune system – Avocado seeds contain procyanidins and catechins, substances with strong antioxidant properties that can help reduce swelling, stiffness, and joint pain, and strengthen the immune system.
  5. Reduce the wrinkles – According to a recent study, the oil from avocado seeds increases the collagen in the skin, thus helping to reduce the wrinkles. This oil can also be used in the treatment of  acne.

How to take out the avocado seeds

  • Cut the avocado around the pit so that you can take out the seed
  • Put the tip of the knife into the pit, then twist and pull gently
  • Then remove the seed from your knife
  • Put the seed into a plastic bag and crush it with a hammer

Recipes for avocado smoothies:

Recipe 1:


  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 avocado seed
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 1 cup of almond milk (or water)
  • 1 small grated piece of ginger
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 cup of organic spinach

Crush the seed and mix all of the ingredients in a blender.

Recipe 2:


  • 2 1/2 cups of almond milk (or water)
  • 1/2 avocado seed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 of a ripe mango
  • 1 ripe pear
  • 3/4 of a head of red leaf lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed

Crush the avocado seed and mix all the ingredients in a blender.

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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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